Chelsea se­cure Hud­son-odoi on five-year con­tract

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Chelsea have an­nounced that Callum Hud­son-odoi has signed a new five-year con­tract that has made him one of the high­est-earn­ing teenagers in world foot­ball.

Hud­son-odoi has agreed a £120,000-a-week deal which, over the course of the next five years, could earn the 18-year-old a to­tal of £31.2 mil­lion.

Chelsea will re­coup some of that by mak­ing Hud­son-odoi the club’s new poster boy to re­place Eden Hazard, who joined Real Madrid in the sum­mer.

It is ex­pected that over the course of the next year Hud­son-odoi will be­come Chelsea’s most mar­ketable as­set and he is likely to get Hazard’s No10 shirt once Wil­lian leaves.

“It’s an amaz­ing feel­ing,” said Hud­son-odoi. “It’s been a long wait, but it’s done now and I’m re­ally happy about that. I’ve been a Chelsea player since I was eight and this is the right club for me to be at.

“I want to lift as many tro­phies as pos­si­ble, win as many games as pos­si­ble and con­trib­ute to as many goals as I can as well. As a team, we just want to work hard to achieve the best re­sults we can. I’m de­lighted ev­ery­thing has been agreed and now I’m just look­ing for­ward to prop­erly get­ting back.”

The news is an­other huge boost to head coach Frank Lam­pard and comes on the back of new con­tracts for Ruben Lof­tus-cheek, Ma­son Mount and Billy Gil­mour. Tammy Abra­ham, Fikayo To­mori and Reece James are also ex­pected to com­mit their long-term fu­tures to the club.

“I have seen Callum come through and he’s a fan­tas­tic tal­ent,” said Lam­pard. “He is go­ing to be cen­tral for us on the pitch and that is the op­por­tu­nity in front of him.

“There are things as a young player that he will want to im­prove but he can be cen­tral to this team and for Eng­land. I want to work with him, I want to drive him for­ward and I want to im­prove him as a player.

Hud­son-odoi had asked to leave Chelsea in Jan­uary as he chased a move to Bay­ern Mu­nich, but he has since been re­as­sured of his first­team chances at the club.

Di­rec­tor Ma­rina Gra­novskaia added: “We are all ex­cited about the prospect of see­ing Callum con­tinue to blos­som in the years ahead.”

Hud­son-odoi played 60 min­utes for the Un­der-23s against Brighton last Fri­day and is now on the brink of re­turn­ing to Lam­pard’s first­team squad.

By Matt Law

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